Ph.D. Examination

The Ph.D. programme is oriented towards the degree Doktor (PhD).

Oral examination

is taken after the student passes all exams prescribed by his individual schedule (studijní plán) and precedes the examination of the dissertation. Its major purpose is to examine the scope of general knowledge of the field. It usually lasts an hour and is examined by a board of examiners. Internal (prezenční) Ph.D. students must pass it by the end of their third year of study.

Examination in Anglo-American Literary Studies

tests the ability of the candidate to reflect on the whole historical development of English/American literature, and especially on the following problem areas:

  1. Periodization.
    The boundaries of important periods in British/American literary history, the role of important works or personalities in establishing these boundaries, the importance of centres of literary life (especially in the U.S.).
  2. History of genres, styles, schools, movements.
    The value of some traditional terms: e.g., “war novel”, “lost generation”, “angry young men”, “non-fiction”.
  3. Literature and cultural history.
    E.g. the American South as a cultural region, Anglo-Saxon poetry and the spread of Christianity, literary utopias and the development of technology, campus novel and problems of university, gender and literary history, the problems of women literature, literature and media: e.g., the impact of the printing press on Renaissance literature.
  4. Multiculturalism and ethnicity.
    Different models, features of colonial and post-colonial literatures (“new literatures in English”). Is British literature being “enriched” by these developments or do they mark its disintegration?
  5. Representative works of literary & cultural studies.

Procedure

The student shall receive a question two days (48 hours) in advance of the examination and will be obliged to present his answer before the examination board in 30 minutes. The answer should display the student’s knowledge of both literary history and critical theory. There shall be 30 minutes for questions from the examination board and general discussion; questions from the floor will also be accepted (the exam is public). If the student, during the course of the examination, has not displayed a satisfactory grasp of the subject, the board may choose to examine the student further. While there is no set reading list for either literary history or theory for the exam, it is expected that the student’s reading will exceed the required reading for both Mgr and PhDr examinations.